Garanti Bank deploys NFC services on microSD with Gemalto

Gemalto has announced that it is supplying its Optelio Contactless microSD and consulting services to Garanti, a Turkish bank, to support their rollout of mobile contactless services.

Gemalto has announced that it is supplying its Optelio Contactless microSD and consulting services to Garanti, a Turkish bank, to support their rollout of mobile contactless services.

Gemalto is supplying the product, software and services to the bank through its payment provider Garanti Technology, while the microSD payment infrastructure is provided by MasterCard.

Gemalto’s microSD is part of a broader range of tools for mobile contactless services which also includes embedded secure elements and the UpTeq Multi-tenant NFC SIM.

The program is scheduled for launch via retailers and affiliated service providers in the latter half of 2014.

"Garanti’s customers simply need to insert the Optelio Contactless microSD into their existing handsets to enjoy NFC interactivity," added Philippe Cambriel, President Europe, Mediterranean and CIS at Gemalto.

"Over time, they will be offered range of novel mobile contactless services such as couponing and loyalty programs, from a wide variety of retailers, enterprises and public bodies."

Garanti, which offers retail, private, commercial and coporate banking services, has already partnered with Gemalto before and pioneered the introduction of various NFC services in Turkey, including contactless EMV payment cards and wristwatches.

 

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